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October 13, 2012 |
The Obama administration has formally adopted a plan to help create large-scale solar energy plants, offering incentives for solar developers to cluster projects on 285,000 acres of federal land in the western U.S and opening an additional 19 million acres of the Mojave Desert for new power plants. The plan places 445 square miles of public land in play for utility-scale solar facilities. The program, announced Friday by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar at an event in Las Vegas, will apply to new projects only and not the 17 solar facilities already awarded permits or the 78 currently in the approval pipeline.
January 11, 2011 |
Southern California Edison has signed contracts with two companies for the construction and operation of seven solar power plants in the state, including one that the utility said would be among the largest single solar photovoltaic installations in the U.S. The facilities, when completed by 2016, would add a total of 831 megawatts of electricity-generating capacity, enough to power 540,000 homes, the Rosemead utility said Monday. That represents a significant increase in Edison's ability to deliver power from the sun and other renewable sources.
March 13, 2013 |
The Obama administration continued its push to ramp up renewable energy projects on public land, approving three new projects on Wednesday, including what would become the largest solar power plant in the world. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced the approvals in San Francisco alongside Gov. Jerry Brown. The bulk of the coming renewables rush is happening in the state -- since 2009, more than 15 gigawatts of wind, solar, geothermal and transmission projects have been approved on federal land in California.
October 26, 2010
Countering cancer Re " Breast cancer ? can we be too aware?" Opinion, Oct. 20 H. Gilbert Welch does a significant disservice to the ladies (and men) who will be attacked by this dreadful disease. The idea that "too much awareness" is somehow detrimental is so addle-headed that addressing it becomes almost impossible. My family has also been hit hard by breast cancer (as was Welch's, and I am glad his wife is well). My beautiful lady, Nancy, was killed by the disease in 2006.
December 5, 2003 |
Regulators on Thursday approved Southern California Edison Co.'s plan to build the world's largest solar power plant despite concerns that the facility could soak up all the money that subsidizes small alternative energy projects in the state. The California Public Utilities Commission voted 3 to 1 to support the 40-acre solar facility in Daggett, near Barstow, which would provide power for nearly 4,000 homes.
February 9, 2010 |
French nuclear energy giant Areva has jumped into the U.S. renewable energy market with the acquisition of Ausra Inc., a Mountain View, Calif., solar power plant start-up. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Areva executive Anil Srivastava said the sale price was in line with the $418 million that rival Siemens of Germany spent last year to acquire Solel Solar Systems, an Israeli solar power plant builder. That would be a decent payday for Ausra's investors, which include Silicon Valley venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Khosla Ventures.
November 4, 2010 |
A Native American tribe has filed a lawsuit against the federal government in an attempt to block construction of Tessera Solar's Imperial Valley solar power plant in the Sonoran Desert. The 709-megawatt solar farm, planned for more than 6,000 acres of public land near El Centro, wrapped up its approval process in October. But the Quechan tribe alleged in a complaint against the Interior Department that the installation could damage "cultural and biological resources of significance.
February 27, 1999 |
A storage tank exploded at a solar power plant Friday, sending flames and billows of smoke into the sky for hours and forcing authorities to evacuate the immediate area. The fire, which broke out about 6 p.m., was still burning four hours later at the SEGS II power plant near Interstate 40 about seven miles east of Barstow, said San Bernardino County Fire Battalion Chief David McLees.
September 8, 1992 |
A leading Japanese-owned manufacturer of solar energy panels plans to set up a large-scale manufacturing operation in Carlsbad, city officials said this week. United Solar Systems Corp., a unit of Canon Inc. of Japan., is close to buying 30 acres of land in the Carlsbad Research Center near Palomar Airport Road at El Camino Real, Carlsbad Planning Director Michael Holzmiller said.
June 4, 2008 |
Southern California Edison said Tuesday that it agreed to buy 245 megawatts of power from solar plants to be built in the Antelope Valley by ESolar Inc., a unit of Pasadena-based business incubator Idealab. The plants, which are expected to begin operating in 2011, will provide enough electricity for about 160,000 homes, said Stuart Hemphill, the Rosemead utility's vice president of renewable and alternative power. "We're excited about the promise of solar," Hemphill said.